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Pincushion Island Beach Walk

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by Kerenza Korostovetz (subscribe)
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Published September 13th 2021
Sunshine Coast Explorations
Have you ever walked along a beach and suddenly found yourself standing on an island? Take a simple stroll along Mudjimba Beach (Sunshine Coast) and you will find yourself in that precise situation.

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Pincushion Island


Pincushion Island is a small sandstone outcrop at the mouth of the Maroochy River. Although it was once an island, it is now landlocked by a permanent sandbar. At low tide, it nearly impossible to distinguish where the mainland ends and this former island begins. As the ocean rises with the tide, Pincushion Island is surrounded by water. Until mid-tide, the level of this water is sufficiently shallow to allow access for visitors.

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As the tide rises, water surrounds the rocky outcrop


Despite its small size, Pincushion Island offers opportunities for exploration for the whole family. The lower level extends into the ocean, providing great views of the surroundings and incoming waves crashing into the island. Rock pools of varying sizes and depths are ideal for younger children to enjoy wading or simply splashing around.

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Waves crashing into the rocks


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Rock pools along the lower level


The colours and textures of the rocks are simply fascinating. These can be admired closely by climbing atop this rocky outcrop. Eager visitors can navigate their own path, scrambling over rocks to reach the top. Alternatively, a small set of steps has been carved into the rock for less capable or younger visitors.

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Scrambling over rocks


The views from the top are stunning, with sight lines out to the ocean, across the river and of Mudjimba Island. Keen eyes will also spot Mt Coolum in the distance.

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The views are worth the climb


Pincushion Island is accessed via the beach entrance at North Shore Road. This section of the beach also includes an off-leash exercise area for dogs. You may even come across a four-legged companion on the island itself!

Toilets, picnic tables and parking are provided for convenience. Please note that this destination becomes quite busy during the weekends and securing a parking spot may be difficult. Early arrival is strongly recommended.

I wouldn't recommend planning a day trip for the sole purpose of visiting Pincushion Island. However, if you were keen to swim at Mudjimba Beach, seeking a dog-friendly swimming area or staying at a nearby hotel, it is most definitely worthy of a visit.
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Why? To explore an island and admire great views
Where: Pincushion Island
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Your Comment
It’s good to see we can still get out and about in Queensland
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|2266) 13 days ago
It may be small but clearly it is beautiful.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9023) 12 days ago
Great location. Only small but big with things to see and and fun education for the young ones.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3114) 13 days ago
How Cool! My 6 year old Grandson will think this is amazing. Thank you for the great info Kerenza. We will visit before it gets too hot !
by Debra (score: 1|80) 13 days ago
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